Chatting With Locals Over Wine and Cheese in Bidon, France
In French rural villages, the Bistrot de Pays is frequently the most happening (and sometimes the only) place in the village. The quaintly antiquated Auberge la Farigoule on the edge of the Ardèche canyons is one such country café. Full of life and hospitality, as are all country bistrots, La Farigoule provides many vital services as a bread depot, tobacco shop, corner store, and, depending on the season, provider of cultural entertainment. Madame Dumarche’s menus are always plentiful in food—usually served family style—always home cooked and using only local products. And she, or even the local gent sipping wine at the next table, will eagerly guide you to the best winemaker or walking tour in the area.